By Thomas Boje
Are the hot advancements in Europe bringing international locations jointly or pulling them aside? The prime specialists during this booklet (including Sheila Allen, Marlis Buchmann, Piotr Sztompka, and Patrick Ziltener) disguise quite a lot of matters, together with the circulation in the direction of political democracy and marketplace economic system in crucial and jap societies, the undertaking of the eu Union, ethnic clash, the increase of nationalism, social exclusion and women's function in public existence.
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Today and tomorrow, new forms of collective action and of solidarity are called for. 28 Opening article BY WAY OF CONCLUSION Dear colleague, you are not sitting for yourself in a vast world, singly facing forces or fashions of globalization, individualization, and postmodernism. As a European sociologist you are part of the building and rebuilding of a continent. Ours is an era of social design, of new social systems in Eastern and East-Central Europe and of a union of Europe. Practice is bringing us back to the concern of the early origin of our discipline, after the end of the French Revolution.
In this way Stompka implies both the possibility of convergence of the East towards the democratic traditions of the West, utilizing the evolutionary language of ‘cultural lag’ and of ‘transition’, while yet highlighting the current dissimilarity of the civic cultures of these societies. A more optimistic note on the recent developments in Hungary was struck by Szalai in her examination of gendered patterns of economic development in her argument with Western feminists, such as Einhorn (1991), who suggest that the position of women is deteriorating significantly in Eastern and Central Europe.
EUROPE AND THE SLOW TRAIN OF SOCIOLOGY In its basic thoughts, sociology is a slow train, plodding along in meandering motion. Sociology is more like the famous night train from Budapest to Trieste – as fast in the belle époque before World War I as eighty years later – than the ‘fields’ of feverish competitive showmanship, which Pierre Bourdieu has analysed so eloquently. ‘Europe’ has for long been a marginal subject of sociology, at most. It is true that our German colleague Richard Münch (1993) has devoted a recent book to it, full of the same straightforward modern energy as the project itself, but on the whole Europe has not been an object of research.